Paving the Way to a Sustainable Future: The City of Russell's Transportation Reconstruction Plan
The City of Russell has been working over the past 8 years to develop a plan to reconstruct its aging infrastructure. Through the development of a Master Transportation Plan and Streetscape Master Plan, the City is ready to "Pave the Way" to a sustainable future for our citizens through reconstruction of our major streets and incorporation of multi-modal transportation options. We hope to make this major reconstruction plan possible through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) transportation grant.
The City of Russell and its citizens have shown much interest and support for a plan that creates safe multi-modal infrastructure as well as gives our City the opportunity to thrive into the the future. Recently, the City adopted a 20 year Comprehensive Development Plan that relied heavily on community input through both surveys and public meetings. This plan, along with the Master Transportation Plan and Streetscape Master Plan, established the justification we needed to begin the push toward reconstruction.
The City of Russell has made great strides over the past few years, in our effort to reconstruct our aging infrastructure. The City, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Department of Commerce, completed reconstruction of South Highway 281. The City was also awarded $600,000 of CDBG funding to reconstruct Lincoln Street from Wisconsin Street to 9th Street and 15th Street from Fossil Street to Kansas Street. The total project cost of $1,045,505 was completed in 2019. Most recently, the City was awarded $600,000 of CDBG funding to complete the Lincoln Street project from Wisconsin Avenue to Wichita Avenue and from 9th to 10th street, with a total project cost of $1,800,000 which began Summer 2021 and is nearing completion. This is just the beginning of what we hope to accomplish so that the City of Russell will remain a regional center with infrastructure that will allow for growth, development, and sustainability into the future.